Tourists lacking a Japan Rail Pass will be in luck in fiscal

posted on March 29, 2016

Six Japan Railways Group companies plan to allow foreign tourists to buy the highly coveted, economical Japan Rail Pass even after they land in Japan.

The pass, which allows nearly unlimited travel on JR trains around the country over a specific period, currently can only be purchased at overseas outlets of Japanese travel companies.

In fiscal 2016, the six railway operators will sell the Japan Rail Pass at JR and monorail stations at Narita, Haneda and Kansai airports on an experimental basis.

The transport ministry had urged the companies to make their joint pass available in Japan to spread the benefits from the increasing number of tourists to rural areas.

The pass allows for repeated trips on JR trains and buses during a set period ranging from seven to 21 days. However, the pass cannot be used for some Shinkansen rides, such as the Nozomi bullet train on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line.

In fiscal 2014, 600,000 passes were sold.

source by asahi
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